Wednesday, June 18, 2014

16 Reader Space: A View of a Beautiful Closet

Well friends, it happened.  We sold our house, I am packing my bags and getting ready to move into a new place that I can't wait to show you today!  OK, so maybe I should give Kelly a heads up first, but I have full intentions of moving into her beautifully remodeled master bedroom closet.

Seriously guys.  I really have contemplated just crashing her house and begging her to hand over the keys.  There is not a room in her home that I don't love, but I think you would find me camping out in her new closet nine days out of ten.  That's not that creepy, is it?

So what is so magical and wonderful about this sweet closet I am lusting over?  Well, not only did Kelly and her husband build the entire thing from scratch, they took things a step further with loads of custom features and details.  I will let you hear it directly from her first, and then I will get my gushing out at the end.

What is the main function of the space?

"Technically, the function is to store all my clothes, shoes, purses and accessories, and it does the job so well!  But really?  It's such a happy place for me!  Every morning I draaag my tired little self out of bed and across the room, turn on the light to my closet and smile.  Cheesy, right?  I know.  I'm sorry."

Any superstar tips for keeping it organized?

"I'm no organizing superstar, but this closet has actually stayed clean and organized, and I've been trying to figure out what it is that's made that possible, because it's definitely not my natural tendency! I think it's a few things:
  1. I purged everything that didn't fit me today, right this second, at the exact size I am. Everything in the closet fits and is wearable today.
  2. There's a place for everything.
  3. I made it as easy as possible to put stuff away. (All I have to do is hang a necklace on a hook. I don't have to open a jewelry box, put earrings inside the box, then put the jewelry box in some hard-to-reach place.)
  4. Everything is easy to access and at my fingertips.
  5. The stuff I use most often is at eye level; my out-of-season stuff is stored in the harder-to-reach high shelves.
  6. It looks fab when everything is put away, so that's an extra motivator!"

What items did you find were essential when organizing this space and why?

"We built the shelves (tutorial here) and designed them around how I use my closet.  We really thought through how to best use the space, and that's gone a long way to keeping things organized.

I think the little necklace hooks are one of my favorite parts!  They keep my necklaces from turning into colossally tangled piles of ruined beads, and suddenly I actually know what jewelry I own and am able to dress more creatively."

What did you do to go the extra mile and "make it pretty"?

"The wallpaper!  It was my first time installing wallpaper and I couldn't believe how easy it was.

And, of course, that sparkly DIY crystal ball chandelier.  A crystal chandelier in the closet makes me so swoony, and we made it on a budget to look like the more expensive versions at Horchow and Serena & Lily.  Every girl needs a crystal chandy in her closet, can I get an amen?"

What items did you DIY to stay on a budget?

"Everything in this room was a DIY!  We made the shelves and the drawers, made DIY velvet drawer lining and Anthropologie knock-off stone knobs, made the chandelier, even the little art (and I turned it into a free printable you can grab here).  And we even created the slide-out scarf and belt organizers!"

How has it impacted your life for the better?

"A million little ways!  I can see all my jewelry and scarves now, so I know what I own and wear more of them.  Since I purged all my "just in case I gain/lose weight" clothes, deciding what to wear is much quicker and easier, because everything works.  It's gone from a stressful space to a soothing, cohesive organized heaven.  (Replacing the mismatched hangers with wood made such a difference in how relaxing the space feels!)  Instead of dreading putting away my clothes or getting dressed, it's fun now!  Ultimately, it's replaced a source of stress in my daily routine with one of joy and peace."

And the story is even more exciting when you get to take a peek at a before and after.

I know right?  Stunning!

This space was a labor of love and a desire to create a classy closet on a budget.  Kelly did everything right and ended up with a space that she not only adores, but one that is simple for her to maintain as well.

At the beginning of the project, Kelly assessed her closet space and storage needs and drafted up a plan.  By giving herself a vision for the space and planning out all of her storage ahead of time, she set the duo up for success.

They built everything from the shelves to the drawers, which allowed them to 100% customize the closet for their specific needs.  Talk about a DIY power couple! 

And how fabulous is her jewelry nook?  I love that everything is out in the open and simple for her to access and put away.  As she mentioned, the entire closet really allows her to create an endless variety of clothing combinations.

But I can't end the post without declaring my love for all of the special finishing touches.  The wallpaper is girly glam and completely set the stage for the entire project.  It is also the main reason I will be taking up residence.  They also DIY'd some Anthro inspired hardware and a beautiful chandelier.  These beautiful finishes put the FUN in their functional closet makeover. 

You can find even more swoon worthy details and photos over at A View Along the Way here.

Thank you Kelly for inspiring us today and allowing us to celebrate the process of taking your amazing vision to reality.  I can't wait to move in! {wink wink}

ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life, big or small.  They can be anything from an organized drawer or cabinet to an entire room.  Please submit your story and photos to, and I would heart to feature them right here on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!


  1. What an adorable space! I think I want to move in too. ;)

  2. I had the exact same reaction of wanting to move into Kelly's closet the first time I saw it. So gorgeous, drool-worthy and calming all at the same time!

  3. Woooooooooooooooow I want hehe

  4. If wanting to camp out in that closet is wrong, I don't want to be right! :)

  5. Holy cow - that closet is amazing! I love it! That wallpaper is to die for.

  6. This closet is seriously a DREAM!! LOVE it!

  7. I felt the same way when I first saw this closet! It's so lovely I wouldn't mind living in it :)

  8. Jen, you are the BEST. It's just not even a competition. Thank you SO much for the kind words and the incredible opportunity to be on your beautiful blog. Such an honor! :)

  9. Oh my goodness, I love her closet! I've got her blog saved so I can start following along. Thanks for the intro Jen!

  10. After stripping many rooms of wallpaper during the past ten years I vowed never to wallpaper again. But this closet is amazing and is tempting me to fall in love with wallpaper again! (Did I really say that!)

  11. Love the wallpaper!

  12. I want so badly to implant this closet into my home!! What a great closet!! I think my favorite feature (it changes every time I look) is the jewelry area - the hooks, the drawers, everything!

  13. I am envious of this gorgeous closet! It is the perfect closet!

  14. This is probably the best little closet I've ever seen!


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